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Carlsbad, New Mexico

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

Golden Eagle.
Badger.
Prickley Pair Cactus Fruit, Tuna.

Dedicated to the interpretation of the Chihuahuan Desert, the Living Desert State Park is an indoor/outdoor living museum displaying more than 40 native animal species and hundreds of succulents from around the world. While on the 1.3 mile self-guided tour, which takes approximately 1.5 hours, visitors will discover sand dunes and mountainous areas, where pinon and juniper trees contrast with the desert floor below.

The walk-through aviary features bird species ranging from small songbirds to large predatory hawks, eagles and owls. Rock ledges and pine trees create natural habitats for mountain lions and bobcats. Kit fox, badger, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, and bison also make their home at the park.

A highlight at the park are the endangered Mexican wolves. Living Desert participates in a wolf recovery program, exchanging wolves with other zoological facilities to help ensure their survival.

The Living Desert greenhouse features hundreds of succulents and cacti from around the world. Small barrel cacti, ocotillo and the majestic saguaro and many more can be found here. You can even purchase a cacti in the Gift Shop for a very unique Carlsbad souvenir.

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